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After saving and planning for about a year, I finally have my dream build! The prices listed are what I got each part for, various sales or whatnot. Here's some quick notes:

The only part that gave me any trouble installing was the H115i platinum cooler. Since it is 280mm, the case only supports it in the front. Putting it there was a pain in the butt, took me a little over an hour just to mount the thing to the case. The only option (if you want to see the pretty lights) is to go from front to back, case -> fans -> reservoir, and there was nothing to hold the fans onto either the case or the reservoir before just mounting the entire thing, putting a long screw through everything. Of course, you have to line it up perfectly to get the screw in the reservoir hole, and you couldn't see it because the fans were blocking it the whole time. Eventually I got it, but man that was a pain. Otherwise it's working fine! Very low temps and once I got iCue to control the fans, perfectly silent.

Some of you might question my storage. Well, I had fun with it. I wasn't originally looking for that big of an NVME drive for my OS and school programs, but I managed to snag the 2TB on the mass pricing error on Amazon for $100. Well it shipped, and i'm super happy. I also wanted a huge drive for media and games, hence the 3TB HDD, but I didn't want it to be slow. I decided as these are non-critical files going there, I would give AMD StoreMI a shot and connect it to an SSD to speed it up. Well, that was extremely easy to set up, and it is working wonderfully. After the first couple times loading anything, it now loads almost instantly, just as fast as if it were the SU800 alone. I couldn't be happier with my storage :D

The Crucial RAM I got is awesome. I'm appalled for even considering anything else. They look great, are very cheap, and I easily (very minimal effort) overclocked it to 3600 Mhz CL16. Ran some benchmarks before and after and it did make a noticeable performance boost to the CPU, so everything's awesome!

My only complaint would be the monitor. It looks awesome, no dead pixels, great 100Hz, but if I try to enable Freesync/Gsync, there is very noticeable flickering in games. Other people have said this monitor works fine with NVidia, so I'm a little disappointed. I haven't messed with it a ton yet though, so maybe I can still figure out a solution.

Other than that it's all running perfectly! Easily updated BIOS and drivers, no software issues at all, everything is running great. I am very pleased with how it all turned out, and while it might not be the most sexy thing, I do think it looks pretty good. Might make a custom backplate for the GPU sometime. So far the most intense thing I've done is Rise of the Tomb Raider, but I easily hover around 100fps on High/Highest settings. Will be playing more intensive stuff in the future. Feel free to ask any questions!

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Why did you choice the mother board you did? It seems pretty pricey

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Not the builder, but I'm looking at a similar set up (R5 3600 with same mobo but non-wifi version). The biggest thing to me is having a chipset that is immediately compatible with Ryzen 3rd gen without needing a BIOS update. I don't have a prior CPU to drop in for the update and thus out-of-the-box compatibility is huge.

That means going for the X570 chipset. The cheapest X570 mobos are about $170 but are barebones as all hell. Buildzoid has done several good videos on the X570 boards and basically recommended either the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite OR the Asus TUF X570-Plus, both at $200. OP just elected to spend the extra $10 to get the WiFi-enabled version.

TL;DR: It's pretty much the best budget-conscious Ryzen 3000 mobo without reaching into the "last gen" B450 mobos.

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

Yup that's exactly it. I went for the best "bang-for-buck" class x570 mobo that buildzoid recommended. I need the WiFi, and I hate the looks of the Asus TUF :P

Another thought is if in the future I want to upgrade the CPU, this mobo will definitely be able to handle it. I doubt most B450s could.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Same. Everyone talks about how awesome the Asus BIOS is, so I really wanted to go with the TUF Gaming, but they HAD to go and put that god-awful yellowy-orange color on it. I've got a themed-build, so the TUF aesthetics immediately ruled it out for me.

I'm getting the Aorus Elite (non-wifi probably) just because I want to go ahead and have the most recent PCIe updates, etc. I'd rather spend the money now and hold off upgrading for as long as is possible.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

See my comment to Gryfer!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

How come the gpu temps are so high?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean it's the base model cooler from EVGA, but I didn't think it was that high really. It was during 100% GPU utilization, I don't think 80 C is really that high considering it doesn't throttle till like 90+ C.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Mine is similar but yours out paces mine for sure. Why did you have to do a BIOS update? Thought the motherboard was good out of the box for Ryzen 3000s

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It did work out of the box with my Ryzen 3700x, I just updated to a more recent BIOS to fix some performance issues. The first BIOS for Ryzen 3000 series was actually pretty buggy, high idle temps, Destiny 2 unplayable, stuff like that. Updating the BIOS fixed everything!